Longevity Noodles with Chinese Leeks – 蒜苗长寿面

To slurp or not to slurp? Time to forgo all your dining etiquette, for this hearty plate of noodles calls for the ultimate slurping experience! Long life noodles, also known as “yi mien”, is a symbol of longevity. Cutting or biting these deliciously chewy strands is a big no-no as it is linked to the ominous act of cutting one’s life.

Derived from freshly pressed olives, Borges classic olive oil is rich in healthy monounsaturated fat, which is known to lower cholesterol. Although not a common choice in Asian cooking, it’s a healthier alternative to butter or other culinary oils. Without interfering with the rich savoury flavours in Asian cuisines, olive oil adds a delicate accent to any dish. Stir frying shallots and garlic with olive oil results in that superbly fragrant concoction to fry your other ingredients in. Finish off your dish and season with fish sauce for that savoury depth of flavour.

Commonly served during Chinese celebrations, this delicious one-pan dish is not limited to special occasions only. Switch up your usual variety of noodles and try your luck at slurping to immortality!

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  • Servings: 4

  • Time: 2 hrs

  • Skill: Intermediate


  1. 350g long life noodles

  2. 5 stalks Chinese leeks

  3. 50g dried shrimp (wash & dry)

  4. 3 tbsp Borges classic olive oil

  5. 300g minced pork

  6. 15g sliced shallots

  7. 10g minced garlic

  8. 3 eggs

  9. 2 tsp fish sauce

  10. 1 tsp salt (to taste)

  11. 1 tsp white pepper powder

  12. 50g dried shrimp (wash, dry and deep fried)


  1. Crack and beat 3 eggs, season with ½ tsp salt. Heat 1 tbsp Borges classic olive oil in pan.

  2. Pan fry egg mixture to make egg crepe. Set aside to cool and cut into strips

  3. Boil water in wok, cook long life noodles for 5 minutes. Strain and transfer to cold water to cool down. Drain and set aside

  4. Slice the Chinese leeks.

  5. Blend 50g dried shrimp (wash & dry) until fine with a food processor and set aside

  6. Heat 2 tbsp Borges classic olive oil in wok, add sliced shallots and minced garlic. Stir fry until fragrant then add blend dried shrimp. Stir fry for another minute.

  7. Add minced pork, break it up and stir fry until cooked.

  8. Add chinese leeks and long life noodles.

  9. Season with fish sauce, salt white pepper to taste. Stir fry and mix well

  10. Plate, garnish will egg strips and fried dried shrimp.

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